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Our FFW 23rd Birthday Celebration was BEYOND FABULOUS as we say in Liberia! Such a joy to celebrate 23 years of service to humanity all over the globe. Together we have positively impacted the lives of more than 23 million people from India, to San Diego, to Zambia and South Africa and Niger, and since 2007 we have been operating a microfinance program in Liberia. Amazing!
On April 23, 1998 our founding board members hosted our first gathering at the La Jolla Woman’s Club. We were amazed when more than 200 women showed up to learn about our new organization and our commitment to “connection and service.” And since that first program, we have gathered in community all over the globe – lots of us doing a little together vs a few doing a lot has resulted in dramatic social change for so many of our one human family.
Our celebration on April 23rd was emceed by Moses Juah, Deborah’s "son" since they first met in Liberia on Christmas Day 2006. Deborah had just landed in the country and attended a Christmas Party for children who had nothing to do that day. Moses was one of the 250 children in attendance – she and Moses have been connected ever since. "A God-thing" as Moses says. Moses was 9 years old at the time, had never been to school, was selling water in plastic bags on the street to support his illiterate family. He has just now completed his second year of college at Gannon University in Erie, PA and is a star student – one of the millions of lives that have changed due to the Foundation for Women.
The 23th Birthday Celebration was attended by so many from across the US, Canada, and Africa – truly a one global human family affair! Many of our partners in our collective impact commitment were in attendance and spoke of the impact of our work. Please click the link here to view the joy!
Our long-time friend and supporter Ann Lovell put an amazing gift on the table - $50,000 to establish an endowment to ensure the sustainability of the Foundation for Women long into the future and far beyond those of us who founded this work. Our goal is to raise at minimum $500,000. With all of us doing a little vs a few doing a lot, we are committed to reaching our goal in the next few months! We would love to have you join this effort! Deborah and Ann are happy to speak with you about several ways to contribute – a cash donation, a monthly commitment, appreciated stock assets or however else might work for you. Please call Cory at 858.483.0400 and let her know how best we can connect with you. Or you can make a donation right now.
Thank you for believing in this work, for holding hands with all of us for such a long time. Together we truly are changing the world for women and families. Together may we impact 23+ million more together in the years to come!
With much gratitude and love from Deborah and the entire Foundation for Women Family.
FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
In Partnership with
World Bank, Edify, Benson Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity and others
Please join us in celebrating 23 years of service to the poorest members of our one human family – impacting more than 23 million people globally. Together we have accomplished so much – together we must continue this important work. And share our collective impact model, Seats at the Table for Liberia, globally.
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm Pacific Time/8PM Liberia Time
Celebrate with us online via Zoom: Launch the party!
In case it's needed: meeting ID: 868 9845 7841 | passcode: ffw2021
Liberia - After 9 long months away due to COVID, I finally returned to Liberia in December and am very grateful to be here. We are perfecting a collective impact model for social change unlike anything anywhere. In celebration of this International Women’s Day 2021, I am reflecting on the millions of women and family members with whom we have been blessed to connect since our inception in the late 1990’s. An unbelievable journey, one I never could have imagined…
Monrovia, Liberia – FFW is committed to “Collective Impact” – working together with partners to achieve the greatest social impact, change, and justice. In keeping with this commitment, we recently formalized a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, the most noted expert in housing help globally. Habitat sought a partner in Liberia to help them bring their housing expertise to this country after leaving decades ago due to the unprecedented civil war. Of all possible partners, Habitat chose the Foundation for Women – a tremendous testimony to the quality of work we do and are known for in Liberia. Affordable safe housing is a huge challenge in this country of 5 million people, the majority of whom live well below the global poverty level of $2/day. The Foundation for Women has been helping this population since 2006 with individual microfinance and business support, with financial and business support to low-fee independent schools, and with financial and business support to independent community health clinics. By adding this 4th pillar of service, FFW will help women and their families with all aspects of their lives – business, education, healthcare, and now housing. We are excited to now offer this 4th level of support to the families of Liberia.
It has been an extraordinary year. Now more than ever it is time to help those in need. That is what the Foundation for Women does every single day. This holiday season you can change lives by joining with us:
Please join us in giving a gift that changes lives with any amount. We will let you know about the lives you changed. Donate now.
With love and gratitude,
Founder and CEO
Nothing about this year has been normal. As Americans, we have experienced upheaval and challenges beyond anything in recent human history. The global pandemic has changed the way we live and work and has disproportionately impacted millions of vulnerable people. Our country’s painful but necessary reckoning with the scourge of systemic racism has laid bare the changes we must make, long overdue, as citizens and as a country. These existential challenges remind me of the harrowing impact of the Ebola outbreak in 2015, when life as we knew it ended. For Liberians, the pain and trauma of 2020 echo in profound ways. In Liberia, we have a deep well of resilience – and the mission and work of the Foundation for Women is the living, breathing embodiment of this resilience, every day.
My treasured Liberian staff person Calvin called at noon today and asked, "Are you sitting down?" My response, "What’s wrong Calvin?" with a deep sense of dread. "Your dear friend Evelyn died today." "NO!" was all I could say…Evelyn and I have been friends for years. She lives alone in a small dirt-floor shack house around the corner from my home in Liberia. She would walk passed my front door daily with her plastic bucket filled with small things she tried to sell to anyone she encountered along the beach, her only source of "small-small" money. I often bought all the small bags of nuts and candies she had in her bucket, carefully counting out the total in Liberian dollars; always the equivalent of just a few US dollars. I would bring the treats to our FFW office and share them with the team, all of whom know of my dear friendship with Evelyn.
Anyone joining our FFW Circle of Giving will have the option of being connected to family in Liberia, just like our friend, banker and long-time supporter Jennifer:
"Nearly four years ago, Deborah and the Foundation for Women connected me to the father of a family of four daughters in Liberia; one of the most impoverished countries on planet earth. At the time, the family had not eaten in days. I have provided financial support to the family, and every time I have an opportunity, I send a package of “essentials.” When I ask what the family needs, the priorities are internet/phone, toothpaste, soap, diaper cream, and candy for the kids. Imagine!"
About the Author
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.
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All the best!" ~ Ian and Julie Allen, Africa and Beyond Art Gallery